• Photo by Larry Pierce courtesy of Steamboat.

    Spring Hits Colorado Ski Country

    Mar 23 | 82 Views | No Comments

    Spring has officially arrived at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) ski areas and resorts with longer and warmer days and spring skiing conditions. In addition to great events for the whole family, guests should check the weather report and the Colorado Ski Country snow report for a chance to ski...

  • Fresh snow on Chicago Ridge. Photo by Scott DW Scott.

    5 Reasons to Spend A Weekend at Cooper

    Mar 22 | 365 Views | 1 Comment

    Cooper is an unpretentious outpost and the perfect place to learn to ski and ride. Each winter, our family spends one to two weekends at Cooper. Compare Cooper’s stats some of the behemoth resorts down the road, and it’s easy to overlook Cooper’s unassuming 400 acres. Yet this storied ski...

  • May 8, 2016 at Loveland. Photo by Dustin Schaefer.

    How to Make the Most of Spring Skiing

    Mar 21 | 261 Views | No Comments

    Now that it is officially spring, it’s time to shed some layers, load on the sun screen and hit the soft stuff. But please note, springtime shredding is by no means bad, in fact, spring conditions can give rise to some of the best days of the season. You just need to know how to approach...

  • Arapahoe Basin’s Newly Renovated 6th Alley Bar & Grill is Open for Business

    on December 11 | in Resorts, Skiing & Snowboarding, Summer | by | with Comments Off on Arapahoe Basin’s Newly Renovated 6th Alley Bar & Grill is Open for Business

    Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

    Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

    Arapahoe Basin Ski Area’s newest on-mountain dining experience, the 6th Alley Bar & Grill, will open to the public with full lunch and après ski menus on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Regular hours will be: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    Located on the main level of the A-Frame base lodge, the 6th Alley Bar & Grill underwent a $1 million renovation over the summer, tripling its overall capacity by expanding the bar area, creating balcony seating on the 2nd floor and adding weather protection on its outside venue, The Perch. Continue Reading

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  • Colorado Ski Country USA’s First Class Program Kicks off in January

    on December 10 | in Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on Colorado Ski Country USA’s First Class Program Kicks off in January

    Jeremy Swanson, Aspen/Snowmass

    Jeremy Swanson, Aspen/Snowmass

    Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) today announced the return of the complimentary lesson component to its popular 5th Grade Passport program: First Class. Launched in 2010, First Class provides one free beginner ski or snowboard lesson, including rental equipment, for 5th Grade Passport holders who are new to both the sports of skiing and snowboarding. These lessons, in coordination with Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, are provided at CSCUSA resorts during the month of January. Continue Reading

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  • Catching Up With Ashley Sifers, the Colorado Ski Instructor of the Year

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    By Kristen Lummis, BraveSkiMom.com

    Ashley Sifers, Ski Granby Ranch

    Ashley Sifers, Ski Granby Ranch

    Ashley Sifers, of Ski Granby Ranch, is the Colorado Ski Instructor of the Year for 2013. A first-year PSIA Level 1 instructor, Ashley says she was “floored” when she won the award from Colorado Ski Country USA.

    “My supervisor nominated me for the award, but I didn’t think I had snowball’s chance,” she laughed.

    “It’s a real honor.”

    With a background in therapeutic recreation, Ashley spent 10 years working with people with disabilities. “My job wasn’t necessarily to teaching skiing, but working for a nonprofit, I ended up teaching skiing by default.”

    “In my job, we used skiing and other sports as vehicles to other means,” Ashley explains. “I really enjoyed teaching skiing and wanted to become a full-time ski instructor. So last year, I quite my job and made it happen.”

    Here’s more from our interview: Continue Reading

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  • Après Yum, Après Fun

    on December 9 | in Dining and Nightlife, Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Resorts, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on Après Yum, Après Fun

    Telluride Tomboy Tavern Nachos

    Tomboy Tavern, Telluride Ski Resort

    by Kristen Lummis, BraveSkiMom.com

    Whether you call it après-ski, happy hour or simply “time to eat,” stopping at the end of a ski day for some sustenance is a fun necessity for hungry families.

    It’s a nice time to take a break together, dry out, warm up and enjoy some hearty family time, especially during the holidays. Continue Reading

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  • Safety Sunday: Always Wear a Helmet

    on December 8 | in General, Kids & Family Friendly Zone | by | with Comments Off on Safety Sunday: Always Wear a Helmet

    Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

    Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

    Helmet Safety – A Good Idea

    Colorado Ski Country USA supports the use of ski and snowboard helmets and encourages you to educate yourself on the benefits and limitations of wearing them. Helmets provide added protection when you fall, but wearing a helmet doesn’t give you permission to ski or snowboard faster or more recklessly.

    Over the course of the past several seasons, more and more skiers and snowboarders are wearing helmets on the slopes, a trend that has increased steadily according to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA). In fact, an overwhelming majority of adults and children wear helmets while skiing and snowboarding and about 90 percent of children nine years old and younger wear helmets, according to NSAA. At some resorts, helmets are mandatory for children taking lessons as part of ski and ride school, and many resorts offer daily helmet rentals. Continue Reading

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  • Ski Cooper is Open for the Weekend

    on December 6 | in Resorts, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on Ski Cooper is Open for the Weekend

    Scott Smith, Ski Cooper

    Scott Smith, Ski Cooper

    Ski Cooper becomes just the latest Colorado Ski Country USA resort to open, with a 30-inch base and 100% of its 400 acres open for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy this Saturday and Sunday. Ski Cooper will open for the season next Saturday, December 14.

    For 2013-14, Ski Cooper has a great pass product: The XP Pass looks just like a season pass, and entitles the holder to four days on the slopes, with no restrictions and no blackouts. The four days can be used anytime during the operating season, and do not need to be used consecutively.  At $99, pass holders will pay just $24.75 per day.

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  • Colorado Kids Describe the Perfect Ski Day

    on December 6 | in Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on Colorado Kids Describe the Perfect Ski Day

    John Trousdale, Monarch Mountain

    John Trousdale, Monarch Mountain

    By Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com

    What’s a good ski day? While you might know your answers, would your kids say the same thing?

    I wanted to know, so recently, I took a completely unscientific, haphazard poll and asked kids what they think makes a good ski day.

    I asked kids ranging in age from 5 to 17.

    I asked kids who ride, kids who ski, and kids who would rather not do either, but who put up with it because their parents make them. These were kids from across Colorado, some of whom live in ski towns and some who only ski a few times each year.

    Here are their answers. Continue Reading

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  • Ticket to Ride: 5th and 6th Grade Passport

    on December 5 | in Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Resorts, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on Ticket to Ride: 5th and 6th Grade Passport

    Ever wish you could be a kid again? This will definitely make you jealous: Colorado Ski Country offers 5th graders 60 days of FREE skiing and riding!!! That’s for Zero! Zilch! Nada! Over 20 Colorado resorts–like Copper Mountain, Telluride, Steamboat and more–offer 5th graders three full days of fun as part of the renowned Passport program. And, after kids graduate from fifth grade, no one’s left hanging.

    6th graders get a pretty awesome deal, too, receiving four days of skiing and riding at all 20 member resorts for just $99–that’s 80 days of fun! That amounts to $1.24 per day. That’s kind of ridiculous. There’s also a rockin’ deal for kiddos who have never had the chance to try skiing or snowboarding: The First Class Program provides one free lesson in January to 5th Grade Passport who have never skied or snowboarded. Resorts have excellent ski and snowboard schools, where taking a lesson from a pro will help your child get better faster.

    What a perfect excuse to partake in the Coloradan tradition of skiing and riding!

    I recently got the chance to meet up with Colorado Ski Country’s esteemed 5th grade blogger, Emma, and hang out with her rad fifth grade posse. Check out all the fun we had at Copper Mountain, all thanks to the Passport program:

    While we can’t turn back time, we can at least tell every 5th and 6th grader you bump into to sign up for a year of FREE skiing and riding. Learn more about the Passport program here: http://www.coloradoski.com/passport.

    You did a good deed.

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  • Powderhorn Will Open for the Season on Saturday, December 7

    on December 4 | in Deals, Resorts, Safety, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on Powderhorn Will Open for the Season on Saturday, December 7

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    Powderhorn Mountain Resort

    Powderhorn Mountain Resort is celebrating the holidays a little early this year, with the announcement of an early opening on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Powderhorn originally was scheduled to open for the 2013-2014 season on Dec. 12, 2013. Continue Reading

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  • Safety Sunday: Ski and Snowboard Safety Tips from Jake Ziemski, Colorado Ski Patroller of the Year

    on December 2 | in Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Resorts, Skiing & Snowboarding, Summer | by | with Comments Off on Safety Sunday: Ski and Snowboard Safety Tips from Jake Ziemski, Colorado Ski Patroller of the Year

    Jake Ziemski

    Jake Ziemski, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

    By Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com

    This summer, Jake Ziemski, an avalanche technician at Arapahoe Basin, was chosen as the Colorado Ski Country USA “Patroller of the Year.”

    With this honor, Jake becomes the seventh A-Basin patroller to receive this award. He joins Ryan Evanczyk, currently the snow safety director, Patrick O’Sullivan, the resort’s risk manager, Rebecca Hodgetts, Tnoy Cammarata, the A Basin ski patrol director, Kelly Deeter and Leif Borgeson.

    Clearly, A-Basin has a long and strong tradition of on-mountain safety.

    Safety Matters

    Parents are often concerned about safety when their kids start skiing. Even if they ski or ride themselves, it’s easy to imagine accidents happening. The same is true for biking, football, and even ballet. It’s easy to let your imagination run wild.

    Luckily, it’s also easy to prevent most accidents and mishaps. Here are some safety tips from Jake Ziemski, the Colorado Patroller of the Year. Continue Reading

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